The Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program: Success and Challenges on the Path to Linking Monitoring to Decision-Making
Consistent information on ecosystem health is critical to inform actions that will ensure the long-term health the Salish Sea’s ecological functions and the human communities that depend upon them. Dedicated scientists and practitioners serve as the region’s eyes and ears to assess ecosystem status and trends, progress toward recovery, and effectiveness of recovery actions. The Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program (PSEMP) collects, organizes, synthesizes, and communicates the best available science to protect, preserve, and enhance Puget Sound’s vitality now and for future generations. The result of PSEMP’s approach of bringing together diverse partners and information is a more fully informed and broadly shared understanding of how the ecosystem functions. This talk will provide a high-level overview of the PSEMP program, highlight the successes of transdisciplinary collaboration, and note current challenges and barriers in meeting its goals.
About the Speaker
Katrina Radach is the Monitoring Network Coordinator for Puget Sound Partnership. Through her role, she supports the Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program (PSEMP) which is a monitoring network across the Salish Sea. She graduated with a MA in Environmental Policy from Western Washington University and received a BS in Oceanography from the University of Washington. Her career has been centered around the nexus and bridging of science, policy, and communities.
Environmental Speaker Series
The Environmental Speaker Series is hosted by the College of the Environment at Western Washington University.
The Series is free and open to the public. Talks are held each Thursday at 4:30 pm in Academic Instructional Center West room 204 - AW-204. Talks will also be streamed via zoom. Register with the Alumni Association for the zoom link. Paid parking is available in lot C.